Just a couple things from today’s CIAC state luncheon, which occurred at a secret meeting place somewhere in the state of Connecticut. I’d tell more people where this was held, but it was getting kinda crowded at CIAC headquarters today at noon and I…
Anyway, here are the props and gripes from the conference which, I’ll admit had my head spinning afterward.
To Kevin Nathan The master of ceremonies for the CIAC state championship luncheon but more commonly known as the Sports Director of WVIT-30. In an surprising display of grace, publicly gave WFSB-3′s deserving staff a massive pat on the back for their stellar coverage of the football season.
I know how tough it is to acknowledge when your fierce competitors have done a great job. Nathan gave credit where it was due and deserves to be applauded for that..
Jack Cochran: The New London coach, who normally misses this luncheon (especially when he was at New Britain) made the trip and said some nice things when it was his turn to speak. I only got a minute or two with him as he took off much later. But his kids, Calan Bryant and Ken Capers, were great interviews as well.
Pat Cox: The Tolland coach who was biting his lip as wave after wave of reporters kept asking if he thought his team had any chance against Seymour. He must have been so steamed that he had the windows rolled down all the way back home to Tolland. But during the the luncheon, he didn’t show it much… outside of a no comment when asked about Seymour coach Paul Sponehimer’s decree that his team’s SS semifinal game with Woodland was for the Class SS title.
“The United States was built on the underdog,” he said.
I know it must have been annoying… but he did a nice job holding up under the stigma.
The caterers: I heard the food was great…. I didn’t get a single bite until dessert. What, no doggie bags?
sportingnewsct.com: Don Boyle does a great job. I would have never thought of this, but he interviews every coach and a player from every team and does it live. Heck, Matt Merullo the father of Hand QB Nick Merullo said he was listening to the broadcast all afternoon today It’s a great experience for every player who gets a chance to go to this event and feel like a big shot for a few hours. Working the room, as it were.
The CIAC people who kept going on and on about how great it is to have having six state champions. BLEAH.
I’m going to keep saying this until I’m blue in the face… or until they change the playoff system to my liking: …One more round, Three state championships… One more round,Three state championships. …One more round, Three state championships. …One more round, three state championships.
Once again, the football season is great until after the state titles are divvied out. I always ALWAYS feel like we could have played one more round to figure this state’s hierarchy out.
A little birdie told me this was a realistic possibility once, but some clods at the CIAC refuse to overlap into the winter (it’s ONE WEEK and three teams, who cares?). Augh. This is like the Big 10 commish holding up a college football playoff. Expect to see this in a column over and over again.
To the venue. This is nobody’s fault because, who knew? But this place was packed with all sorts of new media, old media, or multimedia. There must have been another 50 or so more people at this event than normal.
Between the CPTV people, the Sportingnewsct.com people, and, of course the entire sports staff of the New Haven Register including former Post writer turned NHR Editor Sean Barker (are all of you guys writing advances or whut?) it was just nuts today.
At one point, it looked to me as if Tom Brockett was being pulled in eight different directions, by the newspapers, the radio, the tv and then the newmedia newspaper video people. I’m guessing Tommy must have said the same thing 100 million times, 100 million ways.
Even the Connecticut Post had two more people than years before when it was just me or, years before that, David Agostino running around. We brought William S. Paxton and Mark Dwyer of New Canaan News-Review fame. Still, it felt like it wasn’t enough as I was running around all day.
To people who keep saying that nobody expected Bunnell to be this good this year.
I think this sentiment tends to get a little overblown and cliched. It’s something people — players, coaches, media — all kind of just assume. There’s something to it, yes, but not nearly the big deal people make it out to be.
Yes, by some logic you can say Bunnell, which needed an amazing effort to beat Staples last year, would be down after losing its architect, QB Steve Smith. But after looking at the personnel I didn’t think they’d drop much. Then I watched their scrimmage with Staples.
In fact, lets take a look at what I wrote in the preseason capsules…
Outlook — Bunnell’s Class L upset victory over Staples pretty much legitimized Bunnell and the SWC in the eyes of Connecticut. Now comes the hard part: maintaining its elite status. Sloat has the unenviable task of replacing a town legend. But with everyone back older and stronger, especially on defense, Sloat has more weapons at his disposal than Smith did. The Dawgs will have growing pains, sure, but this club will be in the mix for a title defense.
So I know I least I’m not responsible for this.
I’ll think of more grievances later. LOL So check back.